Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the government's council on the preparations for and holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Vitaly Mutko has thanked all who believed in Team Russia's win over Spain in their Round of 16 match.
Andres Iniesta has confirmed his worldwide retirement by saying "now is the time to step aside" after Spain were knocked out of the World Cup. The league arguably has the two best teams in the continent in the form of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who have dominated continental football for a good part of the last decade. Spain boss Fernando Hierro described Iniesta as "one of the greatest players in our history".
While Real Madrid midfielder Isco took to his official Instagram account to say, "Today is the saddest day of my career. but this is football and this does not stop. life does not stop.it's time to get up as we have always done".
"It was my last game with the national team, a wonderful story ends here, even if not as I hoped".
Cristiano Ronaldo linked with shock Juventus move
Real Madrid have issued a statement denying reports that they have made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe . Mbappe has scored three goals so far for France in the 2018 Russia World Cup .
The 50-year-old Hierro guided Spain through the group phase but his team could not conjure up a victor despite 120 minutes of domination against a Russian Federation side who prevailed 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in their last-16 tie following Sunday's 1-1 draw.
"I will be honest, I am leaving resting easy". "I think we could have done more".
The diminutive maestro departed boyhood club Barcelona at the close of last season, moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe on a lucrative three-year deal.
"Unfortunately, most times you do not win, but the loser is the one who wins before they beat him, the one who lowers his arms in the storm, the one who turns his back on the difficulty".
Magic Johnson's late push swayed LeBron James' move to Los Angeles
While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans. The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive National Basketball Association finals.
The Spanish Football Federation's decision to relieve Julen Lopetegui of his national team managerial duties just hours to the World Cup came back to haunt them when they were sent packing by obdurate hosts Russia.
"There are players around, they just have to find a path to success", he said. They are without a coach and are soon set to be without numerous players that have been part of the furniture for so long.
"I am not going to talk about whether the decision was correct or not but we lost our coach", said Odriozola.
Belgium come from two down to beat Japan in thriller
Japan (4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako. The win puts Belgium into the quarterfinals, setting up a mouth-watering clash with Brazil in the last-eight.